State Warns Drivers of Fake Parking Tickets
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CREATED May. 2, 2013
GREEN BAY, WI- A fake parking ticket scam is hitting the Badger State.
At least two people say they were asked to pay the fines through the mail but those tickets Were *not the "real deal."
The mailing address came from a Milwaukee post office.
Those two tickets cost 35$ and 50$, a very similar price to a real parking ticket. Now law and parking enforcement say it's something that people need to be aware of just like any other scam.
Drivers are hit with parking tickets frequently, but fake parking tickets?
That's something that doesn't make sense to Will Miller as parking is so accessible in Wisconsin.
"That's probably why people's eyes aren't open to it," says Miller.
Two people fell victim to fake parking tickets earlier this month and that has people on their guard.
"Sometimes it's hard to tell what would be a scam and what would not," says Rachel Miller of Green Bay.
"To me the validity comes on the backside," says Mary Scanlan from the City of Green Bay.
Mary Scanlan manages Green Bay's parking ramps. She isn't surprised by these events.
"There are other municipalities in the state of Wisconsin that do go through an outside collection agency," say Scanlan.
She says drivers should double check the license plate number and the description of the vehicle for every ticket.
"I would call the municipality prior to payment and say hey is this legit," says Scanlan.
The city of Green Bay does not use an outside collection agency, but a scam could still happen.
"This is definitely something were going to make collection staff aware of."
Drivers say parking enforcement should put a warning on meters.
"About where things should be sent and so forth," says Karl Brandt of Baileys Harbor. To prevent being ripped off in the future.
Wisconsin officials are asking people to file a complaint immediately if they are affected by any scam similar to this.